Dieter studied Physics at the University of Tübingen and the University of Stuttgart.
From 1996 to 2000, he worked as a Scientific Assistant at the Institute for Nonmetallic Inorganic Materials, University of Stuttgart and joined the Bundesdruckerei GmbH, Berlin as a Project Manager, Research & Development Division in 2000, becoming Product Manager, Process Engineering at Robert Bosch GmbH, Reutlingen in 2002.
Between 2005 and 2006, Dieter worked as a Patent Coordinator in the Banknote Printing Division of Giesecke & Devrient GmbH, München. In 2007 he took over as Regional Sales Director of the Southern & Eastern Africa Banknote Printing Division.
From 2011 to 2018, Dieter was Head of Research & Development at Orell Füssli Security Documents Ltd, Zurich. He also was appointed Head of Security Printing Division and Chief Technology Officer of the Orell Füssli Group on 1 April 2014.
Dieter took over as Chairman of Intergraf's Committee of Experts in October 2016. In 2019, he became Vice President & General Manager of the Business Unit Value Printing at the Bundesdruckerei GmbH, Berlin.